One of the most important features of the Centre is that it is so varied It has a great range of habitats within a relatively small area, which are all readily accessible. While you can find all the habitats elsewhere in Devon, you usually have to travel considerable distances to go from one to another. At the Centre, 5 minutes will usually suffice to take you from one type of habitat into another completely different one. In each habitat there is a treasure trove of fascinating finds which have been delighting visiting groups for years.
Here is a sampling of quotes from children and teachers who have visited the Centre this summer term.
“It was so marvelous I can’t explain.” (Charlotte)
“Thank you for a fantastic, wonderful, joyful day.” (Jordan)
“I wish I could come to that lovely place again.” (Conell)
“The staff have returned full of enthusiasm and ideas for follow up work” (St Michael’s Primary School, Lyme Regis)
“The children thoroughly enjoyed the day, which was both informative and fun.” (Beer C of E Primary School)
The Centre has had an impact on many thousands of young people and adults over the years. Some of those who visited in the early years are now accompanying their own children on school visits to the Centre. The ripples spread out through the community as children who have visited with their schools in the week, encourage their parents to bring them back on weekends so that they can share their delight in the place. It would be a tragedy to lose all this.
“We need to secure all that has been achieved in the last twenty years for this and future generations. Quality education about the countryside has never been so essential.” Steve Lawson, Trust Director.